Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski has revealed that Jurgen Klopp's previous decision to hand him a No.10 role during his time at Borussia Dortmund made him 'quite mad'.
Speaking to FourFourTwo, the Poland international claims he wanted to play up front when he first moved to Dortmund from Lech Poznan back in 2010.
However, despite initially being against Klopp's plan, Lewandowski realised that the decision was made to make him more of a 'complete player'.
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Lewandowski, of course, enjoyed a remarkable period under the guidance of Klopp, scoring more than 70 goals in a four-year stint with the German side.
Now, at Bayern Munich, the 27-year-old is recognised as one of the most revered strikers on the planet, but it appears that Liverpool's new boss had a huge influence on the striker's development.
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“Borussia first expressed an interest after my first year in Poznan. When I left after the second season, I wanted to take the next step - but suddenly I was playing in a No.10 role. I was quite mad because I wanted to play up front.
"It was only in the following year that I realised how much I had learned in that position. I told myself: ‘You have become a better player.’ Then I realised why the coach had asked me to play as a No.10; he made me a more complete player.”
Klopp the master
Lewandowski's comments should excite the Liverpool faithful, who will be hoping to see a number of their technically gifted players come to prominence under the guidance of the enigmatic coach.
As it stands, Klopp has an attacking dilemma on Merseyside. The duo of Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke have great potential, but they have struggled to maintain their fitness for some time now.
The Reds boss must find the right balance in pursuit of keeping his star strikers fit and getting the best out of them. He certainly handled Lewandowski correctly, but can he do something similar with the front men at Anfield?
Liverpool fans: which striker do you expect Klopp to get the best out of? Have your say below!
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